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US military bases raise security levels

PHOENIX — The Pentagon has raised security levels at American military bases to add an element of unpredictability to its anti-terrorism measures.

Northern Command issued the directive from its Peterson Air Force Bases headquarters in Colorado Spring, Colo. late Thursday.

The move was not a response to any specific threats, according to the agency.

“The intent of this directive is to ensure random antiterrorism measures are conducted at an unpredictable frequency,” Lt. Tonya Wren with Luke Air Force Base said.

Arizona bases include Luke Air Force Base, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, and Fort Huachuca army installation in Sierra Vista.

The only noticeable differences the general public should see is longer wait times at base gates.

“This is something we train for all the time and this isn’t going to affect our daily operations,” Wren said.

KTAR’s Paul Ihander contributed to this report.